On the weekend of November 11th, Studio desk staffer Cheyenne Sukalski and Thomas Gibson traveled to Yosemite National Park to climb the South Face of Half Dome via Snake Dike, a 5.7 friction climb.
Cheyenne wrote a trip report about her ascent, which involved heavy amounts of Type II Fun.
Type II Fun: Fun only in retrospect, hateful while your doing it.
Read more: Type II Fun: Snake Dike with Cheyenne
Balance, focus and remaining relaxed are all integral parts of climbing well. Many people practice these aspects of climbing by slacklining, a version of tight rope walking that has become a pursuit in itself.
This week, Matt Chavez, from The Studio in San Jose, will be teaching a slack lining clinic on Sunday from 5 pm to 6 pm at The Studio and then he will be heading to Cesar Chavez Park for more slack line adventures from 6 pm to 8 pm. The clinic will focus on balancing and walking a slack line.
Read more: Slacklining Clinic
The Touchstone Rope series is kicking off its first comp of the year at the grand opening of the Studio! This Friday night, March 16th, Touchstone's newest gym will have all new routes, and tons of great climbing. This will definitely be one of the most exciting comps ever. The competition will be super interesting as everyone will be onsighting, climbing entirely new terrain. Not only that, but there will be ton of beer, food, a huge shoe sale, and lots of fun.
Read more: Friday Night TRS at The Studio
Construction on Touchstone’s newest gym, The Studio in San Jose, has been moving along smoothly. The gym will be located on South First Street in an old theater. The building has significant character with a marquee, a ticket booth, and a setting like an old theater.
The building’s unique design allows for a significant amount of climbing. There will be over 75 lead and toprope anchors along the 44 foot high walls.
Read more: The Studio: Construction Update
The Studio, Touchstone’s newest gym in San Jose, just announced that Diane Ortega will be managing the facility.
The 30 year old Ortega is originally from Texas but transplanted to California when she attended Chico State, where she received a degree in Political Science. “Originally I wanted to be a lawyer but then reconsidered once I started working in a law office,” said Ortega.
Read more: The Studio's New Manager: Diane Ortega
Construction at the Studio is coming together quickly. Holds from Stone Age have been delivered. The adjustable cracks are being put together. The majority of the exercise machines have been delivered. Things are coming together.
The ship's prow in the bouldering area looks awesome. The setters will be able to establish some rad problems up this steep section.
Read more: The Studio Comes Together